Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The end of the Chipper

The end came a week early for Chip Kelly and here is what the papers said.




Tuesday, December 29, 2015

It really is Canada's event

One of my favorite events of the year is the World Junior Champions. The event showcases the top under 20-year old hockey players in the world.

The one thing that has become clear is that it's not the worlds event but rather Canada's event. From the advertising on the boards to the people in the stands. It's all about the Canadian fans and their money. Look at the list of champions and it's mostly Canadian. 

The advertising on the boards is a list of the top Canadian companies. TSN builds its Christmas program around the more the two week long event. 

At this point, they should just hold the event in Canada every year. This year the event is only being held in name on Finland but Canada is truly the host. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

There is no defense

I get that some people go to games who are not fans of either team. But how could you wear the jersey of a team that isn't playing in a game. During the Eagles vs. Cardinals game on Sunday night I saw two people doing this. One was wearing a Todd Gurley Ram's jersey and another was wearing a Charles Woodson Raiders one.
 I don't understand how someone could do this. 

Monday, December 07, 2015

Fight of flight

So it's here and I don't mean a head coach. I mean we are finally in the Big Ten. Sure we have been there for the last two football season but where we really a Big Ten level program? Today for the first time I felt like part of the league. 

Sure are there going to be growing pains with a first time coach like Chris Ash, of course. But with the list of recommendations that Ash comes with you can't help but feel excited. He has won in this league and in the SEC. Remember Bob Stoops went from being DC at Florida to head coach at Oklahoma and that worked out real well. 

Ash is really the first Big Ten coach of this program. If we weren't in the league there is no way that he would be here. This is just the start. 

I'm not saying we should be booking our tickets for the Rose Bowl yet but from what I saw during his press conference this is a new day and a new era. Love the fact that all of the players who met him today raved about him. Next season this team will be totally different and I can't wait.  

Today is a proud day to be a supporter of this program and just remember: Fight or Flight. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Really

There was a time when no one would market college kids. Now it's all over. In my email today I recived this about LSU's Ben Simmons. I just found it weird that they marketed this like event.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Apathy with a side of blowout

 


I've sat in the same seats for the last decade at Rutgers and Saturday someone summed up the season perfectly: "You can hear the apathy as he thew that ball."

Think about that. No one cares about the program anymore. Students aren't showing up. Fans aren't showing up. All of the stuff that Greg Schiano built during his tenure is gone. 

It's time to move on from the current regime, they have lost the plot. No emotion same stale press conferences. No answers on how to solve this crisis. The end is near and thankful so the end of the season. 

Monday, November 09, 2015

Friday, November 06, 2015

WWE version of March Madness

So Seth Rollins blows out his knee and while it's terrible it has created something that I'm very excited about. 

For years I've been screaming about the lack of one night type in pro wrestling tournaments. Now at this year's Survivor Series we are going to get a one night tournament to determine the new WWE Champ. I can't wait. 

For years PWG has put on The Battle of LA, a three night event that crowns the weekends best wrestler. I own the last five of them on DVD. 

These types of events also show you the best workers in the company. You are asking wrestlers to work three matches in the span of a three hour show. It also shows what type of athletes wrestlers are.  

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

One too many openings

So now Minnesota, Illinois and Maryland are open with the possibility that Purdue could be open also.

Seeing that could this be enough for Flood to stay on another year since the candidate pool is not that deep. It's just a thought. We are all going to be drawing from the same candidate pool. 

Not saying he should be released it was just a thought.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sunday Bloody Sunday

The Philly Daily News sums up yesterday's mess perfectly. Only Pope Francis can save us.




Sunday, September 20, 2015

It's over before it started

I had a feeling that Rutgers was not going to be as good this year as it was last year but I didn't think that by 11pm on Sept. 19 the season would be basically over. 

Last nights performance against Penn State took me back to a time when Rutgers was uncompetitive, a time when a loss to Villanova was a real possibility. They looked over matched, against a team that loss to Temple. They looked out coached. 

All of the momentum of an 8-win first season in the Big Ten is gone. The program is sliding down hill quickly. All that Greg Schiano built during his tenure is in danger is of being loss. This program  is in real danger. 

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Professional Tailgating: Let's talk about the game

It's been a crazy week at Rutgers. Emails and arrest have dominated the headlines. Now we finally have a game to talk about. Here are some of the sights from a weird day on the banks.




Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Silence is not good for Kyle Flood

With the season starting in three days, Rutgers football is at a cross roads. Head coach Kyle Flood is under investigation by the university for emailing a professor about the status of a grade and no one knows what his future holds. One thing that would be concerning, if I was Flood, would be the lack of support from the administration. No one from the administration has spoken up and said anything about the situation. 

I love Kyle as a person. He took time to talk to my son and take some photos with him last year. That is something I will remember. 

But as time goes on I think Flood's position is unattainable. Remember this he was not ADs hire and this whole situation could be her a way to bring in her own person. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Prospects Plus: The Top 10

The Minor League Baseball season is almost over. It's been a fun year for us at OTWT. We went to a bunch of Lakewood Blueclaws game as well as a Trenton Thunder. Here is a break down of the 10 best players I've seen this summer.
  1. Nick Williams, OF, Reading:  A key piece of the Hammels deal..He looks the part of the an offensive force. Saw him two years ago in the South Atlantic League and he looks like a different player now and I mean that in a good way. I'm a huge Nick Williams fan boy. 
  2. JP Crawford, SS Reading: I've seen a bunch of him the last couple of years and he looks the next Phillies SS for the next decade. 
  3. Josh Morgan, SS, Hickory: The Texas Rangers prospect looks the part. 
  4. Cole Tucker,  SS, West Virginia: I really think him and Morgan where the best Single A players I saw all year. 
  5. Spencer Adams, P, Kannapolis: Sat between 92-94 with his fastball. Bad electric stuff when I saw him. 
  6. Carlos Tocci, OF, Lakewood: Tocci didn't spend much time in Lakewood this season but  he showed that his bat is starting to develop.
  7. Jake Thompson, P, Reading: Good fastball. Good Change up. Could develop into a good 3rd starter. 
  8.  Jairo Beras, OF, Hickory: He looks the part of an outfielder. 
  9. Cord Sandberg, OF, Lakewood: The former Mississippi State football recruit looks like a player for the future. 
  10. Tyler Wade, SS, Trenton: Athletic defender.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Don't blame the reporter

Earlier today news broke that Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood may have broken university code by contacting a professor of a player. Around the Rutgers universe people are taking shots at the reporter who wrote the story, which is not fair. As a reporter, I would have to assume that this story was completely vetted by the editors at the Ledger. You can't just run a story like this, that is not how the system works.

Some Rutgers fans view the Ledger as the enemy,which is not true at all. The Ledger covers the team, is like me covering government. You write the good and your right the bad, that is how this works. People need  to calm down, they need to respect the job that reporters do. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Prospects Plus: It's been a long summer



The minor league season is winding down and it's been a blast. I have the rosters and the scouting reports to show it. Sometime during the next week, I'm going to post my 10 best prospect's I've seen this season. So stay tuned.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Prospects Plus: Reading's Jake Thompson

Name: Jake Thompson
Team: Reading Fightins
Organization: Phillies
Position: SP
Organizational Rank: Third ranked prospect in the Phillies system by MLB.com
Saturday vs. Trenton Thunder: 6 innings,  2 earned  runs, 2 hits, 5 walks, 5 Ks.

Positives: Showed some good stuff during this 89 pitch performance Saturday night. Thompson topped out at 93 and  showed a good slider. He seemed to hold base runners well. Thompson has a classic starter's build that should give him durability and allows him to pitch on a tough downhill plane.

Negatives: Walking five batters in six innings is not what people want to see in prospect who was a key part of the Cole Hammels deal. His machanics looked to be all over the place. He is pitcher that I would not rush to the big leagues. Thompson should start the season in AAA next season.    

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Prospects Plus: Reading's Nick Williams

Name: Nick Williams
Team: Reading Fightins
Organization: Phillies
Position: CF
Organizational Rank: Fifth ranked prospect in the Phillies system by  MLB.com
Saturday vs. Trenton Thunder: 2 for 4 with 2 RBI and stolen base

POSITIVES: This was my second time seeing Williams. I saw him two years ago vs. Lakewood when he was with the Rangers organization. When I saw on Saturday night, he looked more like a baseball player then an athlete playing baseball. Really did a nice job in center field. Williams was a key player in the Cole Hammels trade.

NEGATIVES: There has been some talk in the local media that Williams might get a September call up,  which is something that I don't understand. He still needs time to develop, I would be be against him playing winter ball to improve his skills.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Just like Fever Pitch

Every year the day my season tickets for Rutgers football come in the mail is like a holiday. Today was no different. 



Friday, July 31, 2015

Prospects Plus: Cole Tucker

Name: Cole Tucker
Position: Shortstop 
Team: West Virginia Power
Organization: Pittsburgh Pirates
Organizational Rank: eighth ranked prospect in the Pirates system, according to Baseball America 
Last Friday vs the Blueclaws: 2 for 4 with a double. 

Positives: Tucker looks the part of a middle infielder. He showed many of the skills that made him a first rounder back in 2014. He has great baseball IQ, including saving a run by gunning a guy at home. Sure he is going to take time but it may be worth it in the end. He looked like the best player on the field on Friday night. 

Negatives: Tucker is never going to be a big time offensive player. His baseball IQ is going to play at any position if he has to be moved off shortstop. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fore: One of the best I've played

Every time we come down to Williamsburg to visit my aunt and uncle I make it a point to play golf with my uncle. So on Monday the two of us played the Goldenhorse Gold course and it did not disappoint. My uncle is a member at the Golden Horseshoe. 

I would agree with the sign below. 
The 16th hole is the photogenic hole of the two. 
While the 17th is a beast of a hole. One of the hardest I played. 
The Golden Horseshoe Gold Coures is one of the best I've played. In my top five. I broke a 100 so I'm happy. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

I wish the Great Outdoors Games where still around

I've been on the earth for nearly 38 years and one thing I haven't done was shoot a gun but at that all changed today as my buddy took me to Range 14

First we went skeet shooting and that was awesome. 

They even make pink shell casings.


After skeet shooting, we went to the pistol range and that was fun but not as fun as skeet shootings. 


When all is said and done I really enjoyed it and would go back. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Prospects Plus: Josh Morgan


Name: Josh Morgan

Position: SS
Team: Hickory Crawdads
Organization: Texas Rangers
Ranking: 10th overall prospect in Rangers organization, according to Baseball America
Friday vs Lakewood Blueclaws: 2 for 5 with 3 RBI

Positives: Of all of the players that I saw on the field last night, Morgan, a former third round draft pick, was by far the most impressive. He looked really good at the plate and looked solid in the field. In the bottom of the seventh, Morgan made a really good back handed stop to prevent a run. Morgan's upside is as a high-OBP SS or 2B who doesn't steal a lot of bases or hit for much power, but who is solid defensively while getting on base at a solid clip.

Negatives: Morgan is going to have to continue to hit as he moves up the ladder, particularly when he gets to higher levels where pitchers can throw strikes more consistently, and will be more likely to challenge him due to his lack of power.  Morgan will have success if he can maintain his good approach at the plate while making solid contact enough to keep pitchers from overpowering him.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I tried but I just don't care

Few people watch as much soccer as I do. During the soccer season I watch: the Premier League, the Championship, the French league, Spanish league, Italian league, Portuguese league and the Russian league. So no one can question my love for the beautiful game. 

But there is one thing that I have had a hard time watching: the Women's World Cup. I tried to watch the final 45 minutes of the United States vs Germany but I found it unwatchable. While the pace of the game was ok the game lacked tackling. At no point in the second half did I see anyone flying in for a Roy Keane like tackle. 

Some might call me sexist for not being into the United States run to the final but honestly I care very little about it, wake me up when club friendlies start. The women's game does very little for me. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

U.S. Open done the Fox Way

I've held off on passing judgement on Fox's first attempt at covering my favorite major: the U.S. Open. Until now.

Joe Buck is a pain and I've never liked him and during the open my disliked for him grew. During the four rounds, Buck drove me nuts but talking over shots the whole time. Listening to Buck for four days make me yern for the days of Dan Hicks. 

Greg Norman was ok, not great. Norman gave some good insight on Jason Day's issues but beyond that he was not great.

The one thing I did like was the time they gave golf course designers to talk about all for the issues regarding fescue grass and the way it dominates the course. 

For a first major championship, Fox did an ok job but there is a ton of improvement that has to be made next year at Oakmont, my favorite US Open venue.  

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Prospect Plus: Best Class Ever

In honor of this years rookie class Baseball America posted this epic photo on their Instagram. The four hotshots all on their cover. 

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Prospects Plus: My MLB Mock Draft

Doing a MLB Mock Draft is probably the hardest thing in sports to do, but over the last couple of years I've given it a shot and I will again this year. So Here we go: 

1. Diamondbacks: Dansby Swanson,SS, Vanderbilt    
2. Astros: Alex Bregman, SS, LSU
3. Rockies: Dillion Tate, RHP, UCSB
4. Rangers: Brandan Rodgers, SS, California HS
5. Astros: Carson Fulmer, RHP, Vanderbilt
6. Twins: Tyler Jay, RHP, Illinois
7. Red Sox: Daz Cameron, OF, Georgia HS
8. White Sox: Kyle Funkhouser, RHP, Louisville
9. Cubs: Garrett Whitley, OF, New York HS
10. Phillies: Kyle Tucker, OF, Florida HS
11. Reds: Walker Buehler, RHP, Vanderbilt
12. Marlins: Trenton Clark, OF, Texas HS          
13. Rays: Andrew Benintendi, OF, Arkansas
14. Braves: Carnelius Randolph, SS, Georgia HS
15. Brewers: Ian Happ, OF, Cincinnati
16. Yankees: Tyler Stephenson, C, Georgia HS
17. Indians: Nick Plummer, OF, Michigan HS
18. Giants: Alex Young, LHP, TCU
19. Pirates: Mike Nikorak, RHP, Pennsylvania HS
20. Athletics: James Kapriellian, RHP, UCLA
21. Royals: Brady Aiken, LHP, IMG
22. Tigers: Ashe Russell, RHP, Indianapolis HS
23. Cardinals: Jon Harris, RHP, Missouri State
24. Dodgers: Kolby Allard, LHP, California HS
25. Orioles: Beau Burrows, RHP, Texas HS
26. Angels: Phil Bickford, RHP, JC of Southern Nevada
27. Rockies: Nathan Kirby, LHP, Virginia      
28. Braves: Dakota Chalmers, RHP, Georgia HS
29. Blue Jays: Michael Matuella, RHP, Duke
30. Yankees: Donny Everett, RHP, Tennessee HS
31. Giants: DJ Stewart, OF, Florida State
32. Pirates: Kevin Newman, SS, Arizona
33. Royals: Cody Ponce, RHP, Cal Poly Pomona
34. Tigers: Jacob Nix, RHP, IMG
35. Dodgers: Chris Shaw, OF/1b, Boston College
36. Orioles: Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3b, Texas HS
37. Astros: Donnie Dewees, OF, North Florida
38. Rockies: Justin Hooper, LHP, De La Salle HS
39. Cardinals: Kyle Holder, SS, San Diego
40. Brewers: David Hill, RHP, San Diego
41. Padres: Juan Hillman, LHP, Canada HS
42. Indians: Scott Kingery, 2B, Arizona

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Monday, June 01, 2015

Prospects Plus: UCSB Dillion Tate

Name: Dillon Tate
Position: pitcher
Team: UCSB
Ranking: Fifth overall prospect in the 2015 MLB Draft Class
Friday vs San Diego State: 8 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, and 11 strikeouts. 

Positives: He has really good stuff. The late action on his slider was amazing. He settled down after struggling in the first inning.  Noting Tate's projectable frame and easy arm action when he was working in the upper 80s as a high school senior in 2012, scouts figured he could make a big velocity jump after moving on to UC Santa Barbara. He pitched just three innings as a freshman before taking that huge step forward in 2014, putting him in position to become the first Gaucho ever drafted in the top two rounds. His stock took another leap in 2015 as Santa Barbara's ace, becoming one of the best college arms in the Draft class.

Negatives: Looked rattled during the first inning, had a wild pitch. If I was a MLB executive his delivery would really worry me. He has a reliever delivery for me. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Getting sick of John Tillman

A couple of years ago, the university of Maryland hired John Tillman to turn around their lacrosse program. After a couple of years in starting to think that Tillman is part of the reasons why the Terps fail to win on the games biggest stage. Tillman's slow it down offensive game doomed them against Denver in the National Title game.

During the game yesterday, Tillman's offense looked out of step. The hold the ball for a 45 seconds game made the Terps look terrible on offense. There where several different chances that the Terps could have gotten out and run but instead they pulled the ball out and ran lack luster offensive sets. This is a team that has Matt Rambo in attack and they couldn't find a way to get him a good look. 

I'm not saying Tillman needs to go, but a chance in offensive style is needed. If not it could another four decades until Maryland wins the title. 

Professional Tailgating: lacrosse goes west

The NCAA Lacrosse championships have been on Philly before and I decided to not to go but this year that changed. My son and I headed up and loved it and saw Denver become the first team west of the Mississippi to win the National Title. 




Saturday, May 23, 2015

Prospects Plus: North Carolina's J.B. Bukauskas

 
Name: J.B. Bukauskas
Team: North Carolina 
Position: Pitcher
Friday vs Clemson: 5 + innings, 5 hits, 2 earned runs, no walks,  7 strikeouts.

Positives: During the 2014 MLB Draft, Bukauskas was one of my favorite players. He had a live arm and was going to be a top round draft pick. But instead of heading to the draft out of high school, JB told teams not to draft him so he could head to North Carolina. During the game on Friday afternoon, Bukauskas showed a great fastball as well as a wipe out change up. During the game he topped out at 95 mph, his change, which showed great movement was around 84 mph. Looked extremely polished for a young college pitcher. 

Negative: He's got a reliever's delivery with a lot of effort and inconsistent command; small frame inhibits ability to drive with the leg, putting more stress on the arm, and lack of finish could cause problems in the future. Big effort in the delivery will always limit the command upside, but there are flashes that he can at least be average placing the ball where he needs to against advanced hitters.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The WWE Network is perfect for a boring night

BA couple of nights ago after everyone left the house, I went downstairs and was looking for something to watch and put on the WWE Network. I searched for about 5 minutes and decided on SuperBrawl IV feature Flair vs Vader in a cage.

It's fun to sometime take a look back at what wrestling was like before the Monday Night Wars. The thing about watching an old show is you forget the story lines. 

One of the matches on the card is The Equalizer vs. jungle Jim Steel. Yes this was a match and it was boring as anything. The Jungle Jim character was terrible complete with ring music that featured monkey calls, yes monkey calls. 

Just look at this character this would never be allowed to happen today. Shaking my head at this character was one of the highlights of the show. 

The one thing I did really like was stage walkway that WCW used. It made it feel like a big event despite the fact the card was terrible. 

One thing I saw made me really upset was seeing Rick Rude. I was always a huge fan of his work. His mic work was amazing and his in ring skills where just as good. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tee Ball for beginners

For those who have never seen a tee ball game this text from a friend sums it up perfectly. 

"So Louie was on second when the last batter was up. When I say on second I mean he was a runner. The ball was hit and he fielded the ball and then proceeded to have a discussion with the other team. Then after tons of screaming at him by all the coaches and the hitter and the guy on first passed him. He finally ran home, with the ball in his hand."

Picture this and you will be laughing for days. 

Friday, May 08, 2015

Prospects Plus: Cord Sandberg

NAME: Cord Sandberg 
TEAM: Blueclaws 
POSITION: Outfield
PROSPECT RANKING: 21st ranked player in the Phillies system, according to Baseball America. 
FRIDAY VS. AUGUSTA: 1-5 with an RBI and run scored. 

POSITIVES: the former Mississippi State QB commit is a plus athlete. Right now is best tool is his speed. He has a body that could put on more muscle as he gets older. When developed he could be a 20-25 HR type of player. 

NEGATIVES: Still incredibly raw. Right now he is a athlete playing baseball, not a baseball player. During the game against Augusta he looked bad a couple of change ups. With any two sports star it's going to take time for them to develop just ask the Royals when it comes to Bubba Starling. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Playing a piece of history

On Sunday I had the honor of playing Atlantic City Country Club and it was well worth it. The classic design has hosted several USGA Championships and playing you can see why. 

Here are some sights from my round. 







It was such an amazing track despite the fact I shot 96.